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Cava receives Humboldt Research Prize

Robert J. CavaRobert J. Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry, is the recipient of a 2012 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Prize. The prize is worth €60,000 and will facilitate more extensive cooperation between Professor Cava and his German hosts, the Mainz chemist Professor Dr. Claudia Felser and the Karlsruhe physicist Professor Dr. Hilbert von Löhneysen. Cava plans to go to Germany for an extended research stay this year.

Cava is among the world's leading researchers into strongly correlated electron materials. These include high-temperature superconductors that employ cuprates and iron pnictides as well as rare earth alloys whose electrons exhibit unusual characteristics, such as superconductivity that can induce magnetism. He has written over 600 publications, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has received numerous prizes including this year's American Chemical Society Award in Inorganic Chemistry. Beyond his research accomplishments, Cava is also the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching.

The Humboldt Research Award is bestowed upon non-German scientists in recognition of the work that they have already achieved. Since it is not possible to apply for the prize, the potential contenders are nominated by German scientists. The Humboldt Foundation bestows a maximum of 100 Humboldt Research Awards per year. Click for the award announcement...